Don’t throw out those aging camcorders yet. With Director’s Cut, a new product from Seattle-based PowerR Inc., you’ll be able to edit video on a computer using old equipment for less than $300. This bi-directional device lets you take footage from any analog video equipmentVHS, Hi8, 8mmand transmit it in digital video format, making edits to video footage on the computer easy regardless of its age or source.
Director’s Cut also lets you save digital video on the medium of your choice. This is especially convenient for class assignments in which students edit their own videos. “If everyone is going to make a movie, just one kid is going to jam your hard drive,” said Jeff Bakeman, general manager for PowerR. Since digital movie files are so large and DVD writers are still somewhat expensive, Bakeman said, using Director’s Cut to store a movie on a VHS videotape is an economical solution.
Director’s Cut, a permanent desktop device, is compatible with both Macs and PCs. It operates automatically with iMovie and Final Cut Pro, and it also has a manual mode. It can capture content from VHS, Hi8, 8mm, live TV, cable, laser disk, DVD, video games, closed circuit television, and live cameras, according to PowerR.
Premio’s Apollo 815EA Desktop
Premio Computer’s newest Apollo Desktop, the 815EA, is a high-speed, high-performance machine that comes built to order.
Incorporating Intel’s latest chipsetthe Pentium III 815E processor, with speeds ranging from 550 to 933 MHz and 1 GHzthis desktop computer features an ATX form factor that accommodates a number of peripherals. It’s ideal for graphic-intensive applications, since it offers a 32-bit 133 MHz SDRAM, Intel Direct AGP (accelerated graphics port) video, and an open AGP 2x/4x slot. The Apollo 815EA also features Premio’s customized PC Quick Fix software, which allows desktops and servers to undergo a self-healing reconstruction process to recover deleted or damaged files and repair corrupted system files.
The standard configuration includes Pentium III 1 GHz processor, 128MB SDRAM, 20 GB hard drive, 32 MB graphics, 12x DVD, 10/100 Ethernet interface, Windows 98, floppy drive, keyboard, and mouse. For an additional $56, users can order the system with the Windows 2000 Professional operating system. Prices start at $1,799 with toll-free technical support and a 3-year limited warranty. However, the motherboard is only covered for two years.
The compact design of Gateway’s high-density 7250R rack-mounted server is a great space-saving solution for schools with a multi-server environment. Measuring only 3.5 inches in height, this server supports dual Pentium III processors, 2GB of memory, and up to four hot-swappable hard drives and power supplies. The server’s small design also allows for two full-length PCI cards.
The rack enables customers to arrange multiple servers in a small space, while maintaining usability and serviceability. “Education customers require high-performance systems that are easy to integrate into their organization,” said Chris Norman, director of Gateway’s business server product marketing. “The Gateway 7250R meets these needs and delivers it at an exceptional value.”
Gateway’s 7250R ships with Hewlett-Packard OpenView ManageX Event Manager, a manageability solution that provides additional security and reliability. Pricing for the 7250R starts at $2,899.
Mitsubushi’s X30 micro-portable projector
Mitsubishi brings new meaning to the portable projector concept with its new tiny projector that weighs less than three pounds but blasts clear brilliant images at 800 ANSI lumens.
Nicknamed “Mini Mits” for its size and creator, the X30 micro-portable projector offers quality, durability, and reliability. Powered by Texas Instruments DLP technology, the Mini Mits X30 provides the same presentation capabilities of larger, bulkier projectors. A single 0.7-inch Digital Micromirror Device chip provides state-of-the-art resolution, clarity, and reliability for even the most demanding presentations programs, Mitsubishi said.
The X30 features a fully functional, lightweight remote control with a built-in mouse that allows for hands-free mobile computing. With the easy-to-use 10x digital zoom that magnifies any portion of the projected image, students easily can follow spreadsheets, diagrams, and charts during presentations. The projector also has automatic mute and pause functions.
Mini Mits is capable of 1,024 by 768 XGA resolution and is compatible with most Macs, PCs, and laptops. With the company’s “Emergency Roadside Assistance” support, this product is covered for not only parts and labor, but also 24- to 48-hour replacement of defective units.
Microtek’s ScanMaker 3700
ScanMaker 3700, from Microtek Lab Inc. of Redondo Beach, Calif., is an affordable, easy-to-use scanning solution that comes bundled with scanning, editing, and web publishing software. The 1200 x 600 dpi color flatbed scanner features 42-bit Dual Optimization Technology that allows the scanner to capture trillions of colors for depicting accurate highlights and shadows. Three built-in smart buttons let users scan at the touch of a button, copy images to a printer, and attach photos to eMail messages in seconds. At $119.99, the ScanMaker 3700 also includes an adapter so it can scan 35mm slides or film. In addition, its USB connection makes it compatible on dual platforms.